My Hermann Mo. Post Office

Pictured left to right: Theresa Baughman, Terri, Schmidt, Genny Hoener, and Jody Elsenraat. (Photo by Gary Amirault)

By Gary Amirault

--I came into my local Post Office in Hermann, Mo the other day with “Wait! Oh yes, wait a minute.” With that clue, they were supposed to guess the name of that tune, Please Mr. Postman, recorded by the Marvelettes in 1961 and the Beatles in 1963.

One of the joys in my life is going to our local post office.  A smile is coming to my face just thinking about this place.

In recent months, I’ve been playing my version of “Name that tune” with the clerks (Jody and Terri) and whoever is in the back sorting mail. I sing a few words or a line of a song and they have to name the tune. Admittedly, I often make it more difficult for them since I’m usually out of key and not a great singer.

Meeting to Explain Livestock Disaster Aid – August 19 In Union, MO

UNION, Mo. - There will be a meeting to explain the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on Tuesday evening August 19, 2014, in the basement of the Union Memorial Auditorium (City Hall) starting at 7:00 pm.

Times were tough for Missouri livestock farmers in 2012, the worst drought in decades. Pastures and hay fields dried up. Feed prices shot up. Worse, federal disaster programs for such times expired earlier.

Congressional passage of the 2014 farm bill reinstates disaster assistance. The new law covers drought and other losses. If you owned eligible livestock as of July 24, 2012 in Franklin County, you may be compensated.

Charles Marion Morris (February 26, 1928 - July 30, 2014)

Charles Marion Morris, 86, of Hermann, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Frene Valley Health Center.

Mr. Morris was born in Flat River, Missouri on February 26, 1928, the son of the late George and Emma Morris.

He was the widower of Flora (Sliger) Morris. They were united in marriage on February 26, 1956. She preceded him in death on May 17, 1990.

Charles proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He did welding for power plants and was a member of the Boilmakers Local 27.

Missouri Wine Celebrates The Vignoles Grape

Photo courtesy of Missouri Wine

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo - For the entire month of August, Missouri wineries and the Missouri Wine and Grape Board are featuring the Vignoles grape varietal. The Vignoles (veen-yole) grape is a varietal that thrives in the demanding weather conditions of the state, and is the most commonly grown white grape. It is used to make a range of wines, including sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry, and dessert.

The Vignoles grape is often used to make wines with fragrances of a fresh cut, citrus fruit ranging in sweetness from semi-dry to sweet. This varietal boasts flavors of tropical and citrus fruit. Fresh fruit and spicy dishes pair well with wines made from Vignoles grapes.

Vignoles' unique characteristics and the way Missouri winemakers use the varietal attracted world-renowned glassmaker, Georg Riedel of Riedel Crystal.

Come Out Friday Night To 3rd Annual Screwball Tournament And See Who Will Kiss The Pig

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - This weekend the New Haven Care Center will be hosting their 3rd Annual Screwball Tournament fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.  This year’s tournament will kick off with one of the Care Center’s Board of Directors showing their love by kissing a pig.

Over the past month each member had their picture on collection cans that were placed throughout local businesses.  Friday night at 6 p.m. the winner will be announced and awarded a kiss with a real live pig.

Special Saturday Registration Session Set for August 2 at East Central College

UNION, Mo. - The Student Service Center at East Central College has been bustling with activity this summer.  To accommodate new and returning students, a special Saturday registration session is set for August 2.  Staff will be available from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Fall semester classes begin Wednesday, August 13.

Although the priority deadline for financial aid was July 1, students can still apply for financial aid and wait for disbursement after the start of the fall semester.  In 2013-14, ECC disbursed $17.3 million in financial aid to students through  scholarships, state money, grants, veteran benefits, loans and other sources. Tuition must be paid before classes start, so students are encouraged to utilize our payment plan so they can spread the cost out over several months or until their financial aid is in place.

Harold A. Ocheskey (August 24, 1916 - July 26, 2014)

Harold Ocheskey passed away Saturday July 26th at the age of 97 at the Frene Valley Nursing Center Hermann, Missouri.

He was born in Pershing Missouri on August 24, 1916 to the late Arthur and Pauline Ocheskey. Harold was united in marriage to Erline Baries on November 20,1939.

Erline proceded him in death on November 20, 2007. He is survived by a son, Glen and his wife Janet Ocheskey of Hermann, a daughter-law Mary Jane Ocheskey of New Haven, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

New Haven High School Registration for the School Year 2014-2015

NEW HAVEN, Mo - New Haven High School will hold registration for the upcoming school year from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. on the following days.

The incoming senior class will register on Friday, August 1. Incoming juniors will register on Monday, August 4. The incoming sophomore class is scheduled to register Tuesday, August 5, and incoming freshmen will register on Wednesday, August 6.

New students to the New Haven School District should register on Thursday, August 7.

Girl-Boy Scouts Collaborate On Buddy Benches To Foster Inclusion At School

Photos courtesy of Charles Bolinger.

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. - Shy students, new ones or those who struggle in social situations may find elementary school recess awkward. What started as one child’s way to increase inclusion on the playground has turned into a growing movement – Buddy Benches.
Buddy Benches are placed on or near playgrounds for student use during recess. According to the Buddy Bench website, strategies for children to effectively use the Buddy Bench include: have a plan before you go out to play, decide what to do, walk up to a person on the playground, smile and say, “Do you want to play ?”

This summer, area Girl and Boy Scout troops collaborated to install two Buddy Benches at Edgar Road Elementary School in Webster Groves and create therapy gardens around them.

"We needed these benches at our school because some kids don't know how to make friends," said Girl Scout Brownie and Edgar Road student Natalie Felgenhauer.

Missing 4-Year-Old Cuba Girl Found Safe In Virginia

Updated July 29
CUBA, Mo. - On Sunday July 27th Sabrina Omeni was found safe at a hotel in Chesapeake, Va., according to the Cuba Police Department.

She was found with her grandmother, who is expected to be charged with kidnapping and will be extradited back to Missouri.

Orginal story published July 25

The Cuba Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for Sabrina Omeni, black, female, age 4 with black hair, and brown eyes.

Two Local "Wishmakers" Make Young Girl's Wish Come True

By Kelly Hoffmann

Pictured with Madeline are the two local “Wishmakers” (on left) Janice Gradel and (on right) Brenda Bailey who recently made Madeline’s wish come true.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. – Brenda Bailey and Janice Gradel recently worked with the Make-A-Wish foundation in Missouri to help grant a wish for six year old, Madeline, known as Madi, who has ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).

Bailey and Gradel met with Madi and her family and asked her if there was one thing she really wanted to do. Madi said she really wanted to go to Disney World, but if that couldn’t happen then she would like to go to the beach.

Franklin County Sheriff's Department Receives “People Saving People” Award

Pictured left to right: Dep Cody Lauth, Dep Dave Arflack, Dep Charlie Herwig, Sgt Steve Pelton, Cpl Mike Richardson, Dep Delbert Bullock, and Sheriff Gary Toelke. (Photo courtesy of Franklin County Sheriff's office.)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - The Missouri Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council (LETSAC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Region 7 office has selected the Franklin County Traffic Safety Unit as a “People Saving People” award winner this year for the Public Safety category.